Comparing Rockwell Automation (ROK) & Mikros Systems (MKRS)

Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) and Mikros Systems (OTCMKTS:MKRS) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Rockwell Automation has a beta of 1.36, indicating that its share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mikros Systems has a beta of 0.73, indicating that its share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

75.4% of Rockwell Automation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Rockwell Automation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Rockwell Automation and Mikros Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rockwell Automation 12.68% 66.47% 17.01%
Mikros Systems 3.58% 14.37% 9.14%

Dividends

Rockwell Automation pays an annual dividend of $3.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Mikros Systems does not pay a dividend. Rockwell Automation pays out 47.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Rockwell Automation has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Rockwell Automation and Mikros Systems’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rockwell Automation $6.67 billion 3.19 $535.50 million $8.11 21.94
Mikros Systems $7.20 million 1.48 $230,000.00 N/A N/A

Rockwell Automation has higher revenue and earnings than Mikros Systems.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Rockwell Automation and Mikros Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rockwell Automation 5 6 6 0 2.06
Mikros Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Rockwell Automation currently has a consensus target price of $172.93, suggesting a potential downside of 2.82%. Given Rockwell Automation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Rockwell Automation is more favorable than Mikros Systems.

Summary

Rockwell Automation beats Mikros Systems on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation, Inc. provides industrial automation and information solutions worldwide. It operates in two segments, Architecture & Software; and Control Products & Solutions. The Architecture & Software segment provides control platforms, including controllers, electronic operator interface devices, electronic input/output devices, communication and networking products, and industrial computers that perform multiple control disciplines and monitoring of applications, such as discrete, batch and continuous process, drives control, motion control, and machine safety control. This segment also offers configuration and visualization software, which is used to operate and supervise control platforms, process control software, and manufacturing execution systems and information solution software to enhance productivity and meet regulatory requirements; and other products comprising sensors, machine safety components, and linear motion control products. The Control Products & Solutions segment offers low and medium voltage electro-mechanical and electronic motor starters, motor and circuit protection devices, AC/DC variable frequency drives, push buttons, signaling devices, termination and protection devices, relays, and timers; and packaged solutions, such as configured drives and motor control centers to automation and information solutions. This segment also offers life-cycle support services, such as technical support and repair, asset management, training, maintenance, and safety and network consulting services. The company's brands include Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Software. It serves food and beverage, home and personal care, life sciences, automotive and tire, oil and gas, mining, metal, and chemicals industries through independent distributors and direct sales force in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Rockwell Automation, Inc. was founded in 1903 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

About Mikros Systems

Mikros Systems Corporation engages in the research and development of electronic systems technology for military and commercial applications in the United States. The company offers Adaptive Diagnostic Electronic Portable Testset, an automated maintenance workstation to reduce the time required to align the AN/SPY1 radar system aboard the U.S. Navy AEGIS cruisers and destroyers; and ADEPT Distance Support Sensor Suite, a network-enabled system, which can be configured to monitor various shipboard systems and report maintenance data onshore for further analysis to detect trends and predict failures. It also provides Diagnostic Profiler, a software that provides diagnostic services to its host application; and Prognostics Framework, an analysis software for framework that implements real-time prognostics, diagnostics, and status monitoring to support embedded prognostic applications, health management systems, and condition-based maintenance applications. The company primarily serves the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and other governmental authorities. Mikros Systems Corporation was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey.

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